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NFL bans on-field pyrotechnics, reviewing Titans incident

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A fire from a pyrotechnics machine burns on the field before an NFL football game between the Tennessee Titans and the Indianapolis Colts Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/James Kenney)

NEW YORK (AP) – The NFL has banned any on-field pyrotechnics and “flame effects” at any league or team events, including games, in the wake of an incident at last Sunday’s game at Nissan Stadium.

Pyro fire at Nissan Stadium

PYRO FIRE: It's hot outside today, but it was probably hotter in Nissan Stadium for a minute after a pyro mishap during the Titans' entrance caused a fire. Field crews quickly supressed the fire and no one was hurt.

Posted by WKRN-TV Nashville on Sunday, September 15, 2019

A league spokesman said the matter was being reviewed and the prohibition would last at least through the review.

Equipment used for pyrotechnics during pre-game festivities burst into flames in the north end zone about five minutes before kickoff between the Titans and Colts. Workers quickly started putting out the fire near the 5-yard line on the sideline near the Titans’ locker room.

The show went on as workers extinguished the flames as Taj George, wife of Eddie George and a member of the group Sisters With Voices (SWV) sang the national anthem.

The Titans, who lost to the Colts in that game, put out a statement last Sunday:

“Following the pregame introductions today, there was a mechanical failure by one of the pyrotechnic devices which resulted in a fire. The vendor will be required by the state of Tennessee to undergo an inspection for the defective device and the others that were used to determine the final cause. The field staff acted quickly to extinguish the fire, which resulted in no injuries and minor field damage.”

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